The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization that seeks to influence public policy in Washington D.C., in the state capitals, and locally through public education and grass-roots political action.
As one of five Groups within the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Harvey Broome Group is based in Knoxville, TN, and focuses on Knox County and seventeen surrounding counties in East Tennessee. Our namesake, Harvey Broome (1902-1968), was a founding member of the Widlerness Society and a native of Knoxville TN.
The Harvey Broome Group undertakes important conservation issues, offers year-round outings to enhance appreciation of the outdoors, and presents monthly programs that range from experts in environmental issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world.
See the About Us page for more about who we are and what we do.
Two Important Bills
Tennessee Wilderness Act - TN Senators Alexander and Corker introducted - for the fourth time - the Tennessee Wilderness Act. This Act would add nearly 20,000 acres of wilderness to the Cherokee National Forest by creating one new area and expanding five existing areas. The Knoxville News Sentinel endorsed the bill. House sponsors are needed. The areas are within the districts of Rep. Phil Roe and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann. See the TN Wilderness Act Issues page and the Get Involved page for more information.
Primacy Act SB0842/HB0833 - This legislation would give the state "primacy" over coal mining in Tennessee. Currently the federal government's Office of Surface Mining regulates coal mining in Tennessee. The TN Mining Association authored the bill with an ultimate goal of increased coal mining in the state, i.e. continuation and expansion of an outdated and dirty way to produce energy. The bill is in the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Contact the committees and tell them to vote no.